• Jack Gattanella

    ★★½ Watched by Jack Gattanella 31 Jan, 2016

    I will give this much to The Iron Lady, written and directed by women by the way (though I didn't know this, or rather it didn't exactly show as that, via Mamma Mia director Phyllida Lloyd and Shame writer Abi Morgan): it doesn't try to hide or be coy about what the spine of the story is, that Margaret Thatcher, as a very old woman, is left mostly by herself except when she is around her husband who is, in…

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  • Cindy

    Watched by Cindy 22 Jan, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I expected a lot more from this film. I chalk the issues up to the script more than anything. The actors did the best with what they had to work with.

    I expected to get more of a sense of what MT was like in her time as prime minister and instead I got a lot about her later, not so dignified years. Would have rather seen her life rather than just the end of it.

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  • Owen Greenwell

    ★★★ Watched by Owen Greenwell 28 Apr, 2012

    Great performance but lack luster direction. Maggies greatest hits.

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  • Slappy McGee

    ★★ Watched by Slappy McGee 30 Dec, 2015

    Meryl Streep is fantastic, as always.

    There.
    I've said something nice about this movie.

    What else I have to say=not so nice.
    It's boooooooooooooooring as fuck.

    Ugh.
    And I usually like English films (or films about England).
    Not so much here.

    Nothing majorly wrong. Just a boring look at an important figure in British governmental history.

    Yeah, even sounds boring.

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  • Zippy

    ★★★ Watched by Zippy 29 Dec, 2015

    Rotten Tomatoes says that "Meryl Streep's performance as The Iron Lady is reliably perfect, but it's mired in bland, self-important storytelling." And while Meryl Streep is indeed flawless, I didn't think the storytelling was bland, but rather standard biopic fare. There are a lot of complaints that this movie didn't cover as much as it should have or contradicts the image of "The Iron Lady" with a old woman with diminishing health. Honestly, I think that this is one of…

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  • Nathannnnn Phillipssssss

    ★½ Watched by Nathannnnn Phillipssssss 27 Dec, 2015

    Can we please stop with the safe, paper-thin, completely rote and obvious biopics. Please please please. Meryl Streep's performance of Margaret Thatcher at various ages is obviously competent but not really anything special for her anymore, and even if it had been a miracle, nothing could save this badly written, badly conceived, badly staged chronicle of the controversial PM. Various laughable monologues do little to save this from being colorless and flat, and in fact it's worse than equally offensive…

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  • Brad Swenson

    ★★★ Watched by Brad Swenson 27 Dec, 2015

    Clever concept for how to tell this biopic. But it loses steam towards the end.

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  • Cole Jackson

    ★★ Watched by Cole Jackson 27 Nov, 2015

    [Review for Film & TV class]

    Margret Thatcher is, no doubt, a very important part in history. As the first and only female to have been the Prime Minister of Britain, of course a movie about her life is to be made! As such, we have ourselves here The Iron Lady, a 2011 historical biopic directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Anthony Stewart Head. Personally, I did not find the movie very interesting or exciting, due…

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  • Noah Wilson

    ★½ Watched by Noah Wilson 27 Nov, 2015

    I had no idea what to expect going into “The Iron Lady”; I had no prior knowledge of Margaret Thatcher (other than some SNL sketches, which may not be the greatest reference point), hadn’t read any reviews, and was unsure of the overall tone/genre of the film. But I’ve always appreciated Streep’s acting, and it was being shown in my film class, so I figured it would be worthwhile. Through a confusing structure, banal characters, and a tedious plot, I…

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  • Peter Beck

    ★★★½ Watched by Peter Beck 29 Nov, 2015

    Driven by the masterful actors, and an unconventional pace, it succeeds wholly. It almost seems held back by historical facts, and tries it's best to keep its focus on the characters.

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  • Jeff

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Jeff 18 Nov, 2015

    If you have ever doubted how good of an actor Meryl Streep really is. Watch this again. Also kudos to the makeup team as they hit the nail on the head not only for their skill in making Meryl look like Thatcher but it hitting the time period as well She reminds me of what my grandmother looked like and wore in the eighties and nineties. Outstanding movie with a brilliant performance and a well deserved win for Meryl Streep. Rock solid 8/10.

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  • Paul Zoccolillo

    ★★½ Added by Paul Zoccolillo

    a missed opportunity that comes across as a facile portrait, streep's acting dwarfs every other element of the film itself, much of the history is treated as mere incidentals, a weak biography that distorts and befuddles

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